Encyclopedia about the Arctic region, explaining polar phenomena and scientific terminologyLearn More
Citizen environmental monitoring carried out at participating schoolsLearn More
A chance for students and their teachers to win a trip to an Arctic stationLearn More
Introductory webinars, lessons' recordings, promo materials
Virtual classes from Arctic research stations by scientists
This is the main component of the EDU-ARCTIC program. Transmissions from polar stations, will be provided for schools. Additionally, to raise the attractiveness and diversity of scientific subjects, some special transmissions with selected experts in polar research and Earth sciences will be provided by other institutions: special transmissions from UVSQ’s climatology and environmental science research laboratories in France and IGF PAS in Poland.
Online lessons will be dealing with the following disciplines and research topics: environmental sciences, geophysics (seismology, Earth magnetism), geology, geomorphology, climatology, climate change, atmospheric chemistry and physics, hydrology, ecology, soil science, oceanography, microbiology, marine, biology, biodiversity, paleoecology, limnology and additionally anthropology, the sociology of Arctic regions, human biology and medicine, genetics, zoology, biology and to some extent socio-humanities.
Exemplary groups of topics that will be presented include:
Transmissions will be interactive. Scientists will involve pupils actively by encouraging them to ask questions and to perform given assignments. It is crucial that pupils become active players in the process of learning. Pupils and teachers will have the possibility to take part virtually in experiments and measurements conducted at stations. They will be asked to put forth a hypothesis concerning the experiment or phenomena discussed with a scientist. It will help them to develop skills of analytical and logical thinking and the use of research methods to solve problems.
They will also perform their own experiments on the basis of suggestions from scientists. This will increase the attractiveness of such lessons. Hands-on activities are considered one of the most effective and powerful ways of learning. During online lessons they could also ask about different phenomena which occur in the Arctic. They will become familiar with scientific career opportunities, as well as everyday activities of researchers and their curriculum. It will be a new experience for them and an opportunity to detach themselves regularly from school routine. They will also gain access to the newest scientific discoveries and reports. Transmission will help them to better understand scientific messages, a useful skill in everyday life. But they will also familiarize themselves with scientific language used in research publications, a crucial skill for their prospective career in science.
We hope we encourage you to participate.
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See you on an online lesson!
Parallelly to regular online lessons, we proposed new type of webinars - THEMATIC COURSES. Each course offered a comprehensive series of complementary topics. Each course: ("Engineering ad technology", "The Arctic, people's land", "Secrets of glacieres", "Citizen science") had a fixed day of week and hour, in order to facilitate including our lessons into school practice, also within curriculum. For most courses, lessons were conducted once a month, a new INTERACT course is held every week. Check each thematic course for full programme with dates and topics.
This online lesson will focus on the North American Arctic, which lies above the Arctic Circle. It contains North Canada and the northern part of Alaska. The North American Arctic includes the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay, the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Reindeer are incredibly adapted to withstand snow and cold. They dig through piles of snow and find enough food to survive long winters. But the snow is changing due to climate change. It can form thick ice crusts that the reindeer cannot dig through. Summers are also getting warmer and wetter. Will the reindeer cope?
What are soils, why are they important and how are they formed? What factors are crucial for their features? Are Arctic soils rich or poor? Is nutrient cycle fast or slow? What brings nutrients to Arctic terrestrial ecosystems?
Genetics is the study of the genes and traits that children inherit from their parents. Recent biotechnology has opened new ways to study this in great detail even for wild animals and fish. In this webinar, you will learn how genetics and genomics can be used to study the impacts of human activities on wildlife populations.
What is really "toxic" and how do we measure it? How does bioaccumulation and biomagnification work, how do toxins affect Arctic ecosystems? What does the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland have to do with the tragic story of the inhabitants of Minamata in Japan? Is Eating Fish Healthy? Can you get a Nobel Prize for a substance that has been harmful to the environment for decades and is advertising worth believing? Learn the secrets of ecotoxicology!
They can be abundant even in the harshest environment. They wait patiently throughout the Polar Night, ready to bloom when sunlight reappears. They produce massive amounts of oxygen, yet they are incredibly tiny... to their advantage. And it's easiest to spot them from... space. Discover the secrets of the Arctic phytoplankton!
This lesson is is focused on the problem of air quality in polar regions. It explains how to define air pollution, presents main air pollutants, their local sources and the problems that they cause in polar environments.
When we are thinking of the northernmost region of Earth - the Arctic - what comes to our mind first? Of course, polar bears! Those animals have high adaptive capacity to the unfriendly, Arctic climate, and every meeting with them is an unforgettable experience.
Encyclopedia about the Arctic region, explaining polar phenomena and scientific terminology
Citizen environmental monitoring carried out at participating schools
A chance for students and their teachers to win a trip to an Arctic station
EDU-ARCTIC invites pupils from schools across Europe and outside to join the Arctic Competition with their teachers and develop a science project or an innovation project designed for an arctic environment. Young students and their teachers who are fascinated by disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, though not yet scientists, will have the opportunity to take part in a scientific expedition in the Arctic. The Arctic Competition is for teams of one or two students, aged 13 to 20, and one teacher as a mentor. Participating teams can come from schools across Europe and outside. The participation in the Arctic competition is voluntary. You can ask questions about the competition before deciding whether or not to participate. Even if you do agree to participate, you may withdraw yourself from the project at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty.
The EDU-ARCTIC Fora were held in 3 European countries
The French Educators’ Forum was held at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Guyancourt, (Earth Sciences and Climatology Campus OVSQ) from 21 to 22 September 2017. 16 teachers from 8 countries (Greece, Italy, Albania, Romania, Cyprus, Serbia, Portugal and Macedonia) participated.
Educators’ Forum in Poland was held in Warsaw, from 23 to 24 September 2017. The hosting institution was Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. 38 teachers from 15 countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia) participated.
The Educators’ Forum in Norway took place near Oslo, 18 October 2017. The hosting institution was the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), one of the consortium members of EDU-ARCTIC. 16 participants from 12 countries (Greece, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Albania, Macedonia and Romania) were present.